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LARCH

Larix spp.

Larix spp. of the family Pinaceae, including at least the following, with some of the common names. This list is not comprehensive, but it gives you an idea of the range of species and common names and the overlap. Larch is also commonly called tamarack in the USA

Larix alaskensis --- Alaskan
Larix americana --- American
Larix dahurica --- dahurian
Larix decidua --- common, European
Larix eurolepis --- hybrid, dunkeld
Larix europaea --- European
Larix gmelini --- dahurian, American, Japanese, Koren, red
Larix griffithii --- Himalayan, sikkim, Southern Chinese
Larix kaempferi (syn. Larix leptolepis) --- Japanese, Japanese red
Larix laricina --- Alaska, American, black, Eastern, Eastern Canadian
Larix lyallii --- alpine, subalpine, mountain, Lyall's, timberline, woolly
Larix microcarpa --- small-leaf
Larix occidentalis --- Montana, mountain, Western, roughbark, Oregon
Larix potaninni --- Southern Chinese
Larix russica --- Russian, Siberian
Larix sibirica --- Russian, Siberian

my samples:


Western larch (Larix occidentalis) sample plank and end grain


end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of Western larch / Larix occidentalis --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


first face and the end grain of a sample of Western larch / Larix occidentalis. This part of a collection which is discussed here: COLLECTION A


the second face, before and after slicing off 1/8" showing how the patina from aging is only surface deep.


end grain closeup and END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above.


both sides of a sample plank of tamarack / Larix laricina --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. This species is also known as Eastern Canadian larch


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of tamarack / Larix laricina --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


first face and the end grain of a sample of Eastern larch / Larix laricina. This part of a collection which is discussed here: COLLECTION A


the second face, before and after sanding, showing how the patina from aging is only surface deep.


end grain closeup and END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above.


both sides of a sample plank of Japanese larch / Larix kaempferi --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by Mark Peet whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of Japanese larch / Larix leptolepis --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. Larix leptolepis is a synonym of Larix kaempferi


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of subalpine larch / Larix lyallii --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of subalpine larch / Larix lyallii --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of Russian larch / Larix sibirica --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a plank of European larch / Larix decidua --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was contributed to the stie by Mark Peet whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. I cut a formal sample sized piece from this and it is shown directly below this set of pics.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above. Note the resin bleed on the end grain. As you can see in the update directly below, this goes away when the pieces is cleanly cut or sanded (but if the piece is still unseasoned the bleed will probably recur). In the update you can clearly see the resin canals through which the bleeding occurred.


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of European larch / Larix decidua --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was made from the larger plank directly above, which was contributed to the site by Mark Peet whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above. Some of the pink/orange tint is due to the particular 1200 grit sandpaper I use, which unfortunately sometimes deposits very fine orange grit into the wood. Notice that the end grain closeup of the larger plank, on which I used the very same brand/grit of sandpaper, does not have this tint. I use very high quality sandpaper (Klingspore) but I think their 1200 grit has quality control problems.


both sides of a sample plank of a hybrid larch / Larix x marschlinsii --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. Note that Larix x marschlinsii is listed by The Plant List as an unresolved name.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a set of planks that were all cut from the same larger wormy Western larch chunk. For both these and the pics below, HUGE enlargements are present


end grain of the pieces directly above


end grain closeups of the 3 pieces directly above


closeups of two flat cut and one quartersawn surface from the pieces directly above. The quartersawn piece shows small ray flakes in the bottom portion where it is perfectly quartersawn.



a long veneer sheet and two closeups from it. The color on the distance pic is too yellow. The closeups show the color more accurately, although they have a little too much red.



a couple of long veneer sheets (first pic) and two closeups from them. The color is just a little too green and not quite enough red


This quartersawn veneer sheet was loaned to me by John Koehn whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain cutting board shot at a craft show; it's finished of course, and the color shown is accurate. I liked this so much I ordered a bigger one from the artisan and it's shown directly below.


end grain larch cutting board and closeup. Really big enlargements are present


The Wood Book pics


flat cut, quartersawn, end grain
American larch (Larix americana, aka black larch, tamarack, and hackmatack) from The Wood Book --- both levels of enlargement are available for all 3 views


flat cut, quartersawn, end grain
Western larch (Larix occidentalis, aka Western tamarack and hackmatack) from The Wood Book --- both levels of enlargement are available for all 3 views

web pics:


planks, flat cut


planks, rift cut


plank, rift cut, specifically identified as larix gmelina


planks, quartersawn


quartersawn plank listed as modrin which is another common name for Larix decidua, or Central European larch.


quartersawn plank with the kind of highly dubious color that is the reason I started this web site in the first place


listed as larch but I have to believe that it is either REALLLY badly mis-colored larch or accurately colored redwood.


sinker larch


quartersawn veneer


European larch planks, flat cut


European larch (Larix decidua) planks, quartersawn


European larch plank with wet and dry areas


European (Larchlarix decidua) end grain


European larch veneer, flat cut


European larch (Larix decidua) flat cut veneer


European larch veneer, quartersawn


western larch veneer, quartersawn


Siberian larch flooring planks


larch paneling


flooring


pen turned from subalpine larch / Larix lyallii. Photograph contributed to the site by the pen turner, Bruce Selyem, whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. The pen is finished with shellwax.